Modernism Week Palm Springs still has me buzzed from all its mid-century modern fabulousness. Now, I’m seeing mid-century modern design everywhere I go and have a new-found appreciation for clerestory windows. I’ve loved Palm Springs ever since I was a little girl and my Mom and I and our best friends would drive out to the desert periodically to “look for real estate.” While they never bought anything, these forays into the slower-paced desert environment held a long-lasting allure for me. And, I think now after attending my first Modernism Week Palm Springs, I am seriously rekindling my love for this desert oasis. Here are a few peeks from our travels.
Let’s start with where we stayed, which was pointed out on the Modernism Week Bus Tour ~ the wonderful Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs. At $169/night for the Limnos Room, including a lovely breakfast on the patio, we thought it was well worth it to stay in such a peaceful and unique setting. Our room was cozy and quiet.
We checked in at Camp for our first Modernism Week event – a double decker bus tour which covered many of the more interesting mid-century neighborhoods in Palm Springs, including the Movie Colony, Twin Palms – home of the infamous Frank Sinatra estate – and Las Palmas. We were regaled with stories of how Frank would broadcast that he was ready for friends to join him for drinks by hoisting a Jack Daniel’s flag between the two palm trees in his front yard. You can rent out his estate now for private events (flag not included).
Since we were on the upper deck of the bus, we were afforded views of some of the most amazing mid-century modern estates – absolute gems that typically hide at street level behind 20-foot tall rows of hedges. We even met some nice folks from Minnesota who have second homes in Palm Springs and wanted to learn more about the architecture of their communities by attending Modernism Week. This tour certainly fit the bill. Just keep an eye out for those low-hanging palm fronds!
I would have had lots of great photos to show you, but alas my IPhone storage was all filled up and so I didn’t capture a lot of images on the bus tour. Argh! But these give you the general idea. Palm Springs has the highest concentration of mid-century architecture in the entire world. Wow!
This photo of the Viceroy Hotel pool at night reminds me of lovely dinner we had dining poolside with our friend Lisa Kramer of Lisa Kramer Vintage and of all the great food that Palm Springs now has to offer. It used to be that back in the day, you’d head to Louise’s Pantry on Palm Canyon Drive for their fruit and sherbet salad served up by their beehive-wearing wait staff. Sigh. But now Palm Springs has become a foodie’s paradise. Here are just a few of my recommendations:
And, speaking of Lisa Kramer and vintage, this takes us to the actual reason that many flock to Palm Springs during Modernism – the Modernism Show and Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Oh my – such a bounty of beauty under one roof. Here are just a few shots of the sale.
Viewing all the great stuff at the Modernism Show got us inspired to ride our Korakia courtesy bikes over to the Palm Springs Vintage Market which was just a few blocks from the Convention Center. There was alot we wanted to buy, but since we were on our bicycles, we had to settle for just the basics – like this vintage Valentine. When you moved the dials on the phone, different sayings would emerge. So dang cute!
We went to another fabulous Modernism Week Palm Springs event called “Palm Springs With A Twist” which included 5 different presenters telling little-known facts about Palm Springs. It was great, and was held at the Desert Star which was mid-century fabulous, in and of itself. You can stay at the Desert Star, as it’s also a vacation rental!
All this is to say that we had a FAB time at Modernism Week 2015 and we will definitely be back next year!!!